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November 10, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Completion of Infrastructure Projects at Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan

CAVENDISH, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND---(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, Senator Michael Duffy today announced the completion of tourism and infrastructure projects in Prince Edward Island National Park.

"As a result of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Gulf Shore Parkway West and Brackley Beach facility in Prince Edward Island National Park have received major upgrades. These improvements will benefit the park for years to come, enhancing opportunities for visitors to enjoy the national park and encouraging economic activity," said Senator Duffy.

Following the Government of Canada's April 16, 2009 announcement, the Government of Canada has invested a total of $10.5 million in these infrastructure projects, $9.5 million of which was provided through funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Gulf Shore Highway Reconstruction Project was managed by Parks Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada.

The reconstructed section of the highway, upgrades to visitor stopping places, creation of two new scenic look–offs and creation of a new 9 km multi-use trail will enhance visitors' experience by providing a safer way for cyclists, pedestrians and others to better enjoy the spectacular views of this area of Prince Edward Island National Park.

The renewed facilities at Brackley Beach provide visitors with "barrier-free" access to this popular beach, with a fully accessible dune crossing and beach ramp. Visitors will also benefit from the refreshed beach complex featuring new washroom interiors and new decking.

"These infrastructure projects have provided regional construction jobs and economic activity and will also encourage tourism in this area," said Minister Baird. "Prince Edward Island National Park is an iconic tourist destination and through these investments it will continue to play a key role in attracting tourism to Prince Edward Island."

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments in national parks and national historic sites, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office, Environment Canada
    Pascale Boulay
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    819-994-3023
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